Have you ever been so overwhelmed by the goodness and kindness of another – the generosity of a gift – the wonder at the joy one takes in pouring the best of themselves out for your sake – that you are struck speechless in knowing – not only how to receive in abundance, but how to adequately express the gratitude and thankfulness swirling about in your heart?
The good Mr. Chesterton is so very right. Here – do take a spot of tea with me today as I recount a manifestation of God’s graciousness in the Body of Christ – the Church!
Pouring out my tea today . . .
My heart is overflowing in awe and wonder pondering this past weekend as thirty dear brothers and sisters from our church – Calvary Chapel Vineland – poured themselves out for the sake of putting a new roof on our house at a critical time.
Just one week after losing the mainstay of our income, our gutters began to collapse revealing wood rot under aging shingles and the need to replace same in a timely manner before inclement weather compromised the problem to create far more damage.
How was such a thing to be afforded? Where would the provision for such an expense come from and how could such a thing be accomplished?
Philippians 4:6 NKJV
If there is one thing I believe God has wanted me to learn in such a deep and confident way this year, it is that GOD IS MY PROVIDER in ALL things.
The Lord works through the Body of Christ – His Church. We became the awed and amazed recipients of professional project planning, anonymous donations for material costs, food to feed the crew, and the most perfect weather for roofing – overcast with a just right breeze that kept everyone fresh and fit for the job at hand!
What about thirty of us from our church Body gained this past Saturday – in addition to sore leg and arm muscles – was the out-of-this-world JOY that it was to come together with whatever skill we had and give freely for the good of another.
My family just happened to have the job of humbly accepting such a gift – a spiritual exercise that has kept the love of the Lord in my life as a constant meditation of my heart.
Our church includes many skilled builders and craftsmen who took the lead and came together for the huge job of clearing away the old . . .
And, installing the new . . .
With some rather intricate patching and repair work along the way.
There was enough work for all – ladies and gents and young lads, too!
I am perplexed in knowing how to repay so many for their goodness and kindness to us. I love to give and be a help, but I don’t know that I’m so good being on the receiving end of such generosity.
So, here’s my cup of tea today, in this elegant heart shaped cup and saucer trimmed in gold.
My raspberry herbal tea looks splendid served inside and set against a backdrop of some souvenirs of the event. As I sip, I meditate on the provision of the Lord – so sublime – and the precious giving spirits of everyone who followed the example of Jesus and poured of themselves – for the sake of another – in so many generous ways.
May they all know unbounded blessings to meet their needs through the miraculous Provision of our Heavenly Father . . .
NOTE: Do join me this weekend on PINK SATURDAY when I shall have a more in-depth and humorous PINK look at all the joy we shared on this eventful day. A photo log with plenty of PINK to be found along the way!